BNP membership list leaked
A lot of crowing about this from politicians and the ‘blogosphere’.
Serving and former police officers, teachers and soldiers are listed as members of the British National Party in a leaked document published online.
The list, which dates from 2007, has the names, addresses, jobs and phone numbers of more than 10,000 people.
Since 2004, police officers have been banned from being members of the anti-immigration party.
The party’s leader, Nick Griffin, said the leak was “a disgraceful act of treachery” by former members.
And a nasty infringement of privacy.
He said he had “no problem at all” about the professions of members being in the public domain, which was “a matter of public interest”.
But publishing people’s names and addresses was a “nasty piece of intimidation” which he blamed on the “Labour regime”.
However, he welcomed the new media interest in the party as a result of the leak because it challenged the idea that the average member of the BNP “was a skinhead oik”.
“So in terms of repositioning us as a party genuinely made up of ordinary British people from all walks of life that will actually do us good,” he said.
Home Surveillance Secretary Jacqui Smith said “everybody has a right to protection under data protection laws” but it was a matter for Dyfed-Powys Police as to whether the matter should be taken further.
And she told the BBC News Channel she did not mind people knowing she was a member of the Labour Party, adding: “I wonder why it is that BNP members are rather more ashamed of their membership.”
Um, surely it’s effing obvious (although she’s obviously being snide): there is so much ill-feeling about membership, despite it being a legal political party, that you can’t be a police officer and a member of the BNP, you can’t be a trade union member and a member of the BNP, and so on.
Not to mention the risks inherent in having a list published with 10,000 names, addresses, jobs and phone numbers.
But then Jacqui doesn’t give a flying f&$@ about privacy or freedom of conscience or people being identified for their political beliefs.
Mr Griffin earlier said the list was “essentially genuine”, but a number of names of people who were not or are not party members had been added.
Well, that’s the other danger, isn’t it? That a serving police officer (for example) may have had his name maliciously added, has never been a member of the BNP, may have to prove he shouldn’t have been on it.
But no, let’s all have a good laugh.